Recent and Featured Beaches & Boating Articles

  • Paddling Three Quiet Lakes

    Enjoy an easy evening paddling on one of these four small, uninhabited lakes in Mackinac City, Acme and Wellston and check out the paddling tips.

  • Take Your Turn in the Old Mission Lighthouse

    New lighthouse keeper program allows you to stay in a Great Lakes icon.

  • Paddle Traverse City’s Boardman River

    Pack a gourmet picnic lunch and drift down the Boardman River’s cool, shallow water.

  • 3 Beach Towns: Sun, Shop, Eat

    Three beach towns – Manistee, Manistique and Elk Rapids – offer shopping, dining, lodging as well as lazy days on gorgeous beaches.

  • Seduced by the U.P.’s Sylvania

    A canoe trip through the Sylvania Wilderness Area of the Ottawa National Forest, including Clark Lake, Crooked Lake and Florence Lake.

  • Bask on Manistee's First Street Beach

    Wander the Manistee Riverwalk to the First Street Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. Open the picnic you bought in town, play volleyball, read or bask in the sun.

  • Beach It in Elk Rapids

    Where to go to a Lake Michigan beach and swim in Elk Rapids, as well as spots to eat and shop at before and after the beach.

  • Sylvania Paddling Resources

    Campgrounds, permits and outfitters for people wanting to canoe, kayak or paddle the Sylvania Wildnerness Area in the Ottawa National Forest.

  • Beach Reads

    Great beach reads recommended by The Bookstore in Frankfort and the Traverse staff.

  • Canoe Traverse City's Boardman River

    Paddle and picnic on the Boardman River in Traverse City.

  • Canoe the Manistee

    Rent a canoe and drift this majestic river and finish your lazy day with dinner in Grayling.

  • Kayaking Lake Superior's Shoreline

    Kayaking the Lake Superior coastline along the Keweenaw Peninsula, full adventure, challenge and stunning vistas.

  • Hit The Beach in Grand Traverse

    Where to find great food for an afternoon at one of three different Traverse City beaches. Included are Long Lake beach, West End beach and Bryant Park.

  • Keweenaw’s Curious Current

    Description of how weather and current affect kayaking or paddling Lake Superior off the coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

  • Beach Day in Charlevoix

    A day at a Lake Michigan beach in Charlevoix that includes gourmet food, shopping and restaurants.

  • Superb Copper Harbor Day Paddles

    Copper Harbor, day-trip along the Lake Superior Coast and on an inland lake, kayaking or paddling.

  • Paddle Little Traverse Bay

    Gear and outfitters for paddling, canoeing, kayaking Little Traverse Bay in Harbor Springs.

  • Plan Carefully to Paddle Lake Superior

    Outfitters, guides, rentals as well as radio weather channels all help to make Lake Superior kayaking or paddling in the Keweenaw a safe experience.

  • Keweenaw’s Castaway Islands

    Birding and conservation organizations care for two islands off the coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

  • Good Harbor Beach Day

    A beach day at the Good Harbor beach, a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The day ends with dinner at Trattoria Funistrada.